Why are most mass/spree/serial killings committed by males?
lol. i thought you were a woman...I would agree with Envy about the repressed emotions. Men are taught to repress their emotions and told not to cry from childhood. This is also blamed on the high male suicide rate in my country, there are some good mental health groups and mens issues groups that have been set up locally to help men get back in touch with their emotions.
And I can relate. Normally I am pretty expressive but I do sometimes have meltdowns and in every case it has been because I have been repressing my emotions, or allow someone to bully me.
Your avatar is confusing the hell out of me, man.
MLP if you could be so kind... what exactly is the point that you are trying to make here?
Me too. I keep reading the posts and having the reaction of "Is Danaskully having a meltdown?!"
I'm actually not trying to make a point, nor am I really trying to be provocative.
I know that testosterone causes a lot of problems; I know that societally imposed gender roles and expectations screw up males and females, in different ways. I don't think that either alone or in conjunction with the other explains the difference in the respective prevalence of certain behaviors in male versus female.
For instance, mass/serial/spree killers - I doubt that the testosterone levels of these guys are higher than the average male's. (Does anyone know whether studies have been done on this?) I wouldn't be surprised if they are actually lower.
I've been giving a lot of thought, off and on, about male/female differences. I think that hormones and societal influences don't account for nearly as much of the difference as people assume. I'm basing that on observation of the animals of various species I've lived with - in most cases, I can observe differences in male/female behaviors at very young ages, before hormones are supposedly kicking in. In almost all cases, my early assumptions, based on observation of behavior, about whether a specific animal is male or female turn out to be accurate.
Yesterday's mass murder was just the impetus for starting the discussion in the context of this kind of extreme violence.